A KIND-hearted fundraiser has gone out of his way to do something eggs-tra special this Easter.

Francis Chadwick, from Blackburn, has collected and bought more than 200 Easter eggs to donate to sick children in Royal Blackburn Hospital’s children’s ward.

The 27-year-old came up with the eggs-travagant idea after winning two Easter eggs in a competition in February.

Mr Chadwick said: “I won two eggs in a competition, but I don’t really like chocolate and I don’t have any children of my own yet so I thought, what can I do with the eggs? That’s when I came up with the idea of donating them to the kids at the hospital who will be staying there over Easter.

“I put a post out on Facebook and asked for people to make donations and then went out and bought about £350 worth of eggs and sweets.

“I bought Halal and free from varieties to try and cater for those kids with different dietary needs.”

Along with his girlfriend, Nicola Grimshaw, Mr Chadwick took the eggs to the children’s department on Tuesday and the staff were delighted.

Emma Heinicke, from East Lancashire Hospital Trust fundraising department, said: “This donation is fantastic. Francis has gone out and collected all the eggs for our children, which we’re so grateful for.

“His donation was so huge that now we have an Easter egg for every child who is able to eat one.

“Because we now have enough we are asking and encouraging people who may still wish to help to donate the cost of an egg so we can buy items such as arts and craft materials and toys for all the kids that can’t eat eggs. That will bring smiles across the Easter season and beyond.”

To donate the cost of an Easter egg, visit www.justgiving.com/elhtcf